THEOLDCOACH CLASS 2A STATE QUARTER-FINAL INSIDER
Canadian (13-0) vs. Stratford (12-1) Saturday 2:00pm Bivins Stadium, Amarillo
If you’ve noticed a theme in the State Quarter-Final round its rematches, lots of district rematches in all classifications and we’ve got another one in 2A Division I Region I. Powerful Canadian has yet to be tested seriously all year will take on district rival Stratford. In the regular season meeting Canadian rolled past the Elks 31-6, the question is can Stratford close the game and keep the game competitive? Stratford will have to play this game on just five days rest as the Elks had to wait until Monday to play last week due to inclement weather, while Canadian is well rested having played on Thanksgiving Day.
Canadian by 27
Tolar (9-4) vs. Crawford (13-0) Friday 7:30pm Tiger Stadium, Glen Rose
Surprising Tolar has taken out Mart and Bosqueville in the playoffs, now they’ll look for the trifecta as they look to take down Crawford and win their first ever regional title. The Rattlers offense will need to be at the top of their game as defensively Crawford is among the best in the state. CHS rolled past a strong Goldthwaite squad 36-14 a week ago, while just a week removed from a one point victory over Valley View, Tolar took care of Bosqueville 30-17. Crawford’s grinding ground game will be too much for a good but not great Tolar bunch.
Crawford by 10
Shelbyville (12-0) vs. Lovelady (13-0) Friday 7:00pm Dragon Stadium, Nacogdoches
It’s a rare unbeaten vs. unbeaten matchup as 12-0 Shelbyville meets up with 13-0 Lovelady. Both teams had very tough round three tests but both came through late to pull out clutch wins. Shelbyville got down early against a Centerville squad that was playing their best football of the year and despite missing their top offensive weapon SHS found a way late 27-21. Lovelady had to score on the game’s final play to knock off Beckville in a thriller 27-26. Expect another nail biter this week as both teams on paper look to be dead even. Slight edge to Shelbyville in this based off strength of schedule.
Shelbyville by 3
Refugio (11-2) vs. Shiner (13-0) Friday 7:30pm Alamo Stadium, San Antonio
Another rematch in Region IV pits unbeaten Shiner against district rival Refugio, heading into the season Refugio was considered an almost universal favorite in Region IV. The Bobcats however had some stumbles mid-season and that includes a 30-19 loss at the hands of Shiner. Since that point Refugio has been on a flat out roll, with the culmination coming with a 42-7 rout of Mason who knocked the Bobcats out of the playoffs a year ago. Shiner’s not flashy but they are brutally effective, they went to the title game in 2013 and several of these seniors were part of that team. Teams like Shiner give Refugio fits, but the Bobcats are playing their best football of the year and that’s a scary proposition.
Refugio by 4
Memphis (7-6) vs. Seagraves (12-1) Saturday 2:00pm Lowrey Field, Lubbock
The biggest upset statewide on Monday was Memphis taking down 11-1 Crosbyton in surprisingly easy fashion 34-18. Now the Cyclones get another major test as Seagraves, fresh off a near upset loss to Quanah will look to earn their second straight Region I title. The firepower at Seagraves is evident, but can the Eagles stay focused and disciplined enough to finish the job and reach the title game? That remains to be seen, but Seagraves has enough to take down upstart Memphis.
Seagraves by 14
Iraan (13-0) vs. Albany (12-1) Friday 7:00pm Memorial Stadium, Big Spring
If there’s a team with worse luck out there, I haven’t seen it as Albany for the second straight year has battled injuries and tragedy off the field and yet the resilient Lions continue to just win games. Last week AHS rolled past Seymour 43-7. This week Albany gets a team from Far West Texas once again as unbeaten Iraan comes calling. The Braves have erased memories of past playoff failure with a tremendous run including a 35-18 win over Roscoe. Iraan’s speed and high powered offense will be tough, but Albany’s size and execution will wear IHS down.
Albany by 9
Muenster (12-1) vs. Tenaha (7-5) Friday 7:30pm CityBank Stadium, Forney
Powerful Muenster will look to win a regional title this week against a Tenaha squad who doesn’t have a gaudy record but still is the four time defending regional champion. After a slow start to the season, Tenaha has certainly turned it on in the playoffs winning their three games by nearly 40 points per game. However, the task against a big, physical and sneaky fast Muenster bunch will be tall as Tenaha certainly doesn’t have the type of teams that brought home state titles to Deep East Texas.
Muenster by 12
Bremond (13-0) vs. Bruni (12-1) Friday 7:00pm Rutledge Stadium, Converse
A rematch of last year’s regional final won in convincing fashion by eventual state champion Bremond takes place. What lessons has an experienced Bruni squad taken from that defeat? The speed of Bremond won’t shock Bruni this year, but there’s still that matter of containing all the explosive skill kids from Bremond. Bruni will be better equipped this year, but Bremond is still Bremond and they’ll break some big plays, Bruni’s only shot is to hope Bremond puts the ball on the ground and the Badgers play the defensive game of their lives. doesn’t have the type of teams that brought home state titles to Deep East Texas.
Bremond by 27